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When you think about the romantic style, you certainly imagine lots of flowers, ruffles and lace. However, romantic mood can be created easily even in an otherwise modern apartment.

Forget the rich ornamentation and piles of elaborately decorated cushions and dolls. In fact, the romantic style has its specified locations and it decidedly belongs in a certain environment.

But many of us live in modern buildings, where an exaggerated romanticism would feel inappropriate. How can you satisfy your desires in this case?

We have chosen several examples, how to induce the romantic mood relatively easily and quickly in your home. The colours and motifs are basic. They include mainly fine halftones and soft pastel colours. These are associated with decoration and decorativeness drawing from the original motifs.

Keep in mind, that the cosiness and romantic mood are created mainly by the textiles and the illumination. Put stylish coats on decorative pillows and cushions on your sofa, and then do the same with your beds. Of course, use dim lighting and candles – you will never go wrong with them. And while you are in the right mood, drink a cup of tea from a stylish porcelain cup.

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Discover Secrets Of Romantic Style

White colour – you will never go wrong with it anywhere; along with ornaments, it creates the impression of lace and embroidery

Choice of colours – avoid full and rich tones, use pastel tones only

Textiles – they will do no harm in any amount: curtains on the windows, as well as bedspreads, cushions, carpets

Materials – wood and metal rule, crystal is beautiful, too; plastics are inappropriate in any form

Details – they are the most important part, you create magic with just a few small elements

Memories – display your pictures and trifles, mementos of people and events, you want to keep reminded

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Housing, like many other things in life, is a matter of compromises. It is especially true, if you are not minimalists and you need to match your home creatively.

 

It Is Never Done

If you do not have a house or an apartment gotten complete including the interior, you are still at the very beginning of a demanding journey. However, “every cloud has silver lining”.  O course, you have not got rid of the worries connected, but the exciting challenge of furnishing, equipping, choosing and transforming is right ahead of you.

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Purity Of The Style

In the very beginning, you should get inspired and create your idea of ​​an interior, which pampers you and wherein you feel fine. You cannot be wrong, as trends are various today, from classical minimalism to earthy rustic style. However, the purity of the style is important and you should stick to the chosen style.

You start to give the individuality to the interior by a few small pieces of exquisite design (chosen according to your taste) which you can combine then as you like. It is worth to see a varied spectrum of options presented on the design shows – you also have the opportunity to purchase entire originals created by young designers, and keenly priced.

A floor lamp of ingenious lines, which price is higher that of you new sofa, will not seem to you and to your guests as an overpriced debauchery in a few years. Contrariwise, it will give an unmistakable face to your living room and it will not get out of style even after years, when the sofa will need replacing.

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It Will Not Be Possible Without Some Compromises

It should be noted that there are some pitfalls. You often have to come to an agreement on the interior furnishing with your partner, your spouse or your children. If you are not the rare case and do not have the same taste, negotiation and compromises are necessary. There is no remote control for easy switching of the current style, even the futurologists have not introduced it yet. However, you want to live there together without anyone of you to shiver.

Also be aware of the trap ‘I’ll choose this and you choose that”; you could prepare a mixture of styles which is varied as well as unappealing and uninviting. If you get in a stalemate, it is worth to get a perspective of an expert, or at least to look for inspiration on a websites devoted to housing, architecture and design.

The invested time and money will be definitely worth it, if your apartment and its qualities will be “current” and practical even after years, only needing some minor repairs which you will actually like to do.

In any case, a minimalist interior looks great in photos – but can you really live in it?

Minimalism in architecture, design and art is an undying trend surviving from the 1950´s till today. It found expression in the art (sculpture and painting) first and as a reaction to the previous style – expressionism.

Minimalism was a way to achieve the maximum results with the use of the plainest and simplest means. The philosophy of reduction of all unessentials soon spread to other areas of art, such as music, film, literature, architecture and design.

Many people refer to minimalism, many adore it and many swear by it, yet the minimalist style is rarely applied in the living spaces in its pure form. Although it is significant for minimalism to use as little as possible (of the materials, forms, details and colours), designing an interior in this style is quite costly. The less is the quantity, the more emphasis is placed on the quality. That is why a stylish and functional apartment, whose inhabitants give up the furniture, is not an economical solution of a living space.

A home like this can miss the unnecessary shelves and cabinets, tables and chairs, tablecloths and covers, curtains and ruffles and to be a pleasant place. However, it cannot miss high quality flooring materials, tastefully selected pieces of essential equipment (in a minimalist interior, you do not store books and clothing in boxes on the floor, nor you dine standing) supplemented by plants and by solitary original pieces of art.

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The Minimalist Trend And 10 Principles Of Good Design

Anyway, a minimalistic interior is not for everyone. Many people find such a space uncomfortably austere, cold and sterile, while others (and they are not many) are impressed by its purity, elegance and its grace lines. However, minimalism is applied increasingly in the design. According to professional designers, it is clearly the trend of the 3rd millennium, although it has been applied previously. Dieter Rams, a famous designer from the company Braun, who designed many other objects beside the electrical appliances, has been creating in this style since his professional beginnings; he also formulated the famous 10 principles of good design:

Good design is innovative.

Good design makes a useful product.

Good design is aesthetic.

Good design makes a product understandable.

Good design is unobtrusive (modest).

Good design is honest.

Good design is long-lasting.

Good design is thorough down to the last detail.

Good design is environmentally friendly.

Good design is as little design as possible (as little decorative as possible).

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Is Minimalism For Everyone?

The current trends dictate to minimize the decoration and overflowing of living spaces. A home should be a space balanced both visually and functionally and the comfort should be achieved with a minimum of elements and objects. Therefore, you do not need to have absolutely minimalistic apartment in glass and metal or in wood and stone and even though this timeless style can apply well. It is often used, e.g. in a bathroom or a cloakroom, where the residents of a traditional apartment try their minimalist experiment.

These are the rooms, whose purpose, usual equipment and layout invites you directly to such a solution. Both in a bathroom and in a hallway you strive for an effective arrangement, order and cleanliness as well as for an effective (and possibly invisible) storage of lots of necessities, and also for an easy maintenance of these highly trafficked parts of the house. That is why you choose the clean austere lines, smooth materials and floor coverings for them intuitively, even without an expert´s advice.

 

How To Do It?

If you feel like living in a minimalist furnished apartment and enjoy some austerity, you should look for an architect and a professional designer to help you to achieve the true purity of the style and the result. Or at least, read the technical literature and other resources available carefully. The compromises are not a very appropriate way to success in this case. It will also be difficult to fit minimalistic an interior which has previously been fitted expensively with carpets, decorative windows, cornices, wall hangings, wallpapers, accessories and so on. You do not need much for the minimalist look of a living space but you have to stick to good quality.

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From The Floor Up

The basis is a good choice of the flooring material. You will definitely do without carpets and linoleum. A floating floor is a more affordable option, however a fine wooden floor or floor tiles will be more spectacular. You should invest in a coherent system of storage spaces; the built-in wardrobes are the preferred option as they can hide everything, you cannot live without but do not want to display. Choose a conventional plaster in neutral tones on the walls and do not even think about wallpapers or tiles. Just to embellish the space, you can opt for slate or other stone cladding in some areas, e.g. around the fireplace or the kitchen stove.

 

The Important Role Of The Light

Let the windows free without cornices and curtains and the window sills without a display of trifles and flowers. In the rooms which are not guarded by a large garden, use blinds to keep the privacy. The ultimate effect will be created by the light and sunshine then.

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The Furniture In The Minimalist Approach

The furniture in a minimalist interior should include only the necessary but not dull things. Although only a few pieces are sufficient in a room, they should be meticulously selected solitaires that are worth attention. For seating in a living room, one aesthetically refined sofa or chair should be enough. A good alternative is to allocate a portion of the room for a slightly elevated “stage” covered by the same flooring as the rest of the floor; you place a few seat cushions on it. There will be an additional storage space under the “stage” and it will be become really useful during a large visit; however, it is suitable only for vast spaces.

If you have a pedestal-ledge (about 50 cm high) built along an entire wall, you will get a multifunctional surface for TV, books, candle holders and other necessities without needing any cabinets that would disturb the minimalist concept.

If minimalism is your style, a nice floor, bare walls, a play of light and shadows, a few design or artistic solitaires and your dear ones will be sufficient to create a happy home.

In the bathroom, the mirror is indispensable and the glass shelves and screens are also well known and popular. However, there can be also other glass objects in the bathroom. We are going to give you some information, which parts of the bathroom equipment can be made of glass and which of them you can buy for your home.

Do you like glass in the bathroom? It makes the space lighter, it makes some objects subtler while it highlights others, and it is certain to increase the whole design level of the space.

In addition to small accessories (such as soap holder, cups or shelves), the screens around the bathtub and the bathroom mirrors, other parts of the bathroom can be made of glass, as well. The glass wall panels, more or less open screens and mosaics are increasingly popular. Glass is also used for furniture, sometimes even for the sanitary equipment, the lighting andr the door.

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You Need Not To Be Afraid

The glass is practical, as it mostly forms a smooth surface that is easy to maintain. The glass used for larger areas is made firmer by hardening, so that it becomes almost unbreakable during normal use. It can be easily combined with other materials. The stained glass does not fade its colour while the clear glass brightens the space. If you solve the problem of the lack of light, a skylight or a glass door will be helpful. And finally, the glass can take over the function of the lighting in part.

 

The Charming Accessories And The Mirrors

Even by replacing some small elements, your bathroom´s look may improve noticeably.

If you want to choose several accessories, make sure they are not in various designs and implementations.  Do not combine rounded shapes with sharp shapes or clear glass with matte glass, you should also pay attention to the unification of the chrome parts. The mirrors can be replaced easily. If you want to enlarge the room visually, use the mirrors without the frames.

 

The Furniture

The glass shelves as well as the galleries with storage space are common in the bathrooms. Glass can however be also used for the furniture, usually on its front surface. The glass can carry a graphic motif or a LED diode strip, which is designed for wet conditions, an expert says.

The glass panes are a clever solution, too. Glass and artificial stone are the best materials for the wash basin boards. Other materials get damaged through normal use or they are sensitive to prolonged exposure to water, a designer adds.

 

The Traditional And The Modern Tiles

You can line the walls with mosaics, however the new trend prefers large glass tiles, which are usually stuck to the wall (you can stick them even on the existing ceramic tiles, provided they are even and technically sound). They have no joints, which could keep dirt or mould in, and they can be decorated with any motif.

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The Sanitary Equipment Differently

The basins made of tempered safety glass are the most frequent. The conventional minor bumps do not damage them unless hit heavily, when a crack appears at the point of the impact. However, the basin will not break into pieces and it will always retain its shape.

 

To The Bath Or To The Shower

The screen can have many forms: it can be fixed, partially fixed or entirely movable. You can combine the solid panel with the hinged one and the shapes are numerous, too. The glass panel can sometimes work as a dividing element, which partially divides the space. Glass can be chosen in many variants: it can be clear, frosty, stained, sandblasted or it can have a decorative motif.

The glass can have different kinds of surfaces, which make its maintenance easier. They include the anti-plaque treatment, which causes the water to flow down in trickles, so it flows faster and does not leave any drops. The sediments from the water still get partially captured on the glass, but they can be cleaned more easily.

The “Anti Calc” treatment prevents the scale and the condensation of water vapour from forming; they both lead to the unsightly drops and “maps” on the glass.

The mirrors can have the anti-fog treatment.

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The Benefits Of Clear Glass

The clear glass does not create a visual barrier in the room. For example, a small bathroom with a glass shower screen looks more open than if you used a shower curtain or a brick partition.

 

The Nanotechnology

The nanotech products can be applied retroactively virtually on every surface which is clean and free of grease, including the surfaces in the bathroom. They contain nanoparticles, which fill every microscopic unevenness of the surface and create a protective film, on that nothing gets stuck. This kind of surface is also antibacterial.

 

Just remember the era of hippies: the natural materials, vibrant colours, varied patterns and the ever-present atmosphere of freedom and liberty. This is exactly what housing in the distinctive “boho” style is. Do you know how to achieve it?

Forget all the rules of interior design you know, leave the consumerism and the fashionable lifestyle. The bohemian lifestyle does not obey the trends in magazines, the bohemians do not follow the recent style or modern materials when arranging their homes.

The interior in the “boho” style, as its name suggests, is inspired by the disordered lifestyle of a freethinker, so it is certainly not the ideal for a perfectionist. A bohemian does not worry about the fact if all the chairs at the table are the same or if each of them is different, on the contrary, he or she sees freedom in breaking all the conventions in the combining of colours or materials.

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Harmony full of contrasts

The vivid and harmonic patterns and colours are dominant in an interior of a bohemian, especially the earthy tones, such as brown and orange, combined with fuchsia colour, a designer says.

The use of natural or recycled materials is a matter of course. The wood, rattan, cotton, bamboo or fur are frequent. The various pieces of furniture are often treated with patina to get a battered, dingy appearance. The incorporation of large comfortable chairs and beds is typical, as well.

The accessories play an important role. The classic elements are the manifestations of religions in the form of statues, masks, various decorative pendants with the symbols of distant cultures. The rugs and blankets of home production, such as patchwork, are also often used. The interior is complemented by the souvenirs from travels and by suitcases.

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A Little Bit Bohemianism

Freedom and comfort are almost a necessity for a bohemian. If the “boho” style is close to you, but you do not want to furnish the entire interior in it, you can arrange only your own bohemian corner. It is not complicated. A few plush pillows scattered on the ground and a small table to put a pot of tea will be sufficient.

Small Furniture, Wallpapers And Decorations

The rebuilding of old factory buildings into residential homes transferred the fashionable industrial style into the interior furnishing. It is a dynamic trend, whose elements can be combined perfectly.

Living in a factory with all its technical elements, such as bricks, concrete, wood, pipes, iron stairs, railings and other parts of structures is not suitable for everyone. But some items and details may refresh and improve the appearance even of a normally furnished apartment.

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You Do Not Have To Live In A Warehouse

Do you want to create the atmosphere of an authentic loft or an old factory hall in your apartment? You do not need to seek a flat only in original space to get it. You can buy beautiful wallpapers imitating concrete or bricks. The rawness of a factory can be expressed e.g. by a combination of colours, such as green and black for the furniture. These are the colours of heavy industrial machinery, a designer says.

 

The Success Is Guaranteed By A Mix Of Materials And Colours

Although the combination of materials tempts us to fear that the interior would look too cold, the resulting austere impression can easily be avoided.

You can use flowers or pillows with an interesting structure and let the windows without curtains, so that more natural light could get in. It will produce a pleasant tone of the interior.

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How Not To Make A Mistake

If you like the industrial style of housing, look for the Scandinavian design.

It is perfect for modern lofts and industrial spaces or for apartments, you want to furnish in the style.  The stylishly clean rooms can stand then noticeable accessories and modern furniture. The white, black, gray, cream or even dim blue colours prevail in the industrial style.

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Where Can You Buy Them?

Where can you buy these products? Search among the Nordic brands, such as Bloomingville, ferm LIVING, House Doctor, Madam Stoltz/Design Letters, Ib Laursen, or at IKEA and other stores.

 

The lightning

Complete the style with the nowadays very popular factory lamps. Hang two large metal lights above the dining table, preferably a wooden one. The combination of metal and light or natural materials is trendy.